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Griffin III Focused During Rehab Process

Posted by Chris Herting on February 6, 2013 – 12:59 am


What do Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III have in common?

Since the Associated Press began awarding NFL Rookie of the Year following the 1967 season, they are the only two quarterbacks to have won the Heisman one year and NFL Rookie of the Year the next.

Much like Newton, Griffin III enjoyed a clean sweep as he was named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year, Pro Football Weekly Rookie of the Year and NFL Rookie of the Year.

Both quarterbacks experienced success right out of the gate, defying many critics who questioned whether their duel-threat skillsets would translate to the faster NFL game.

However, in the team’s Week 13 Monday Night Football Matchup vs. the Giants, Griffin III broke Cam Newton’s NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback (706 in 2011). He finished the season with 815 yards rushing.

The rookie was voted NFL Rookie of the Week seven times, compared to Cam Newton’s three. In fact, the only quarterback to claim more rookie of the year awards since its’ inception (2002) was Pittsburgh Steeler’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who won nine (2004).

Overall, Newton threw for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns, and an 84.5 quarterback rating through the air, along with 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in his rookie season; pretty impressive to say the least.

Griffin amassed 20 touchdowns, 3,200 yards, and a 102.4 quarterback rating to accompany 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He joined QB Randall Cunningham (1990) as the only players in NFL history to surpass the 3,000-yard mark passing and rush for 800-plus yards.

A Glimpse Into The Future

Since we’ve just about exhausted time and again the numerous records Griffin broke and the accolades he won, let’s examine the rookie from a different angle.

The fact remains that he has a long and grueling rehab process ahead of him in the coming months. That being said, it appears that Griffin has the will, the motivation, and the fortitude to overcome any and all adversity thrown his way.

The question still remains, can he come back for the start of training camp? Unfortunately, no one will have a definite answer until the players report for Richmond, but number 10 is saying all of the right things.griffin III

Following the NFL Awards, he was asked whether he would attend the Super Bowl. Griffin’s answer, ”I’m a firm believer you don’t go to the Super Bowl unless you’re playing in it.”

Griffin III’s mobility and positive attitude are a big relief to Redskins fans, who were dazzled by the young quarterback’s talent and grit.

One goal that Griffin III can aim for is the success that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had, just months removed from major knee surgery last offseason.

We all know how that story ended: 2,097 rushing yards – just nine shy of breaking the all-time single-season record set by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson -, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, and the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Not bad for a guy coming off major knee surgery, huh?

Peterson’s advice for Griffin, “Mentally, just believing that you’re going to come back and you’re going to be better, that’s a huge part of it… really approach it like you approach the game.”

Certain guys just have ‘it’. You can’t really place a definition on what ‘it’ is other than the sheer will and determination to be the best. That’s what propels a player to excellence.

The great thing is, there’s no recovery time on ‘it’ and if Griffin approaches the process similar to how he approaches the game then Redskins fans should hold their head high.

After all, Griffin seems to have a Superman-esque quality about him, a quality that would put Clark Kent to shame.




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38 Responses to “Griffin III Focused During Rehab Process”

  1. By james blakley on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply


  2. By Kenneth Burks on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    RGIII, just keep beieving in God and that you will be back (better than ever) next year! I know that I’m believing!! God bless you brother! Hail To The Redskins!!

  3. By roytillman on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hail to the rookie of the yr!This young Lion has a heart,and a heck of a arm to go with it.He is the redskins!And theres a lot more to come in the future.Like the terminater said,IL BE BACK!HTTR!

  4. By shooter on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    he needs to learn how to slide so he dos”nt get injured again.you can’t do that shit in the nfl.get well rgIII

  5. By httr1 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    fantastic that griffin is ahead of schedule .
    he’ll be back giving defenses fits by next season

  6. By redskinswvu on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Bradshaw released by giants anyone think he would be a good pickup

  7. By joe Hopkins on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    just keep your eyes on GOD he is all we need, cause he’s pouring his favor on you continually while you recovering surgery Go RG111

  8. By Burt Holcomb on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Robert, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if you were 100% healthy at the end of the season we (Redskins) would have won the Super Bowl!!!! Let’s win it all next year and the year after that and the year after that and continue for as long as possible. I am hoping and praying to see you in training camp next season.
    Hail to the Redskins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By HTRGIII on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Robert for an amazing year, I know you will return next year. You have the REDSKINS NATION behind you every step of the way!! Thank you. HTTR forever!!

  10. By Alphonso Isom on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Alphonso, Carolyn, and Aaliyah wish you a speedy recovery
    RG III. May god bless you and keep you positive on the comeback and life.
    Redskins fans for life, take care brother. Go Redskins!!!!

  11. By Rickey Parker on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for all the good times I had at the Redskins games this year. This was my first season ticket year and had fun watching the best quarterback perform.

  12. By selivonik on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    This year Griffin was the second player in a row to win back-to-back Heisman’s and rookies of the year. Next year he will be the second player in a row to come back from knee surgery to win MVP!

  13. By shane burfield on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    keep your head on straight and your prioraties right…#1 GOD, #2 FAMILY, #3 WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL

  14. By Andrew Gibbs on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    I takes more than one person retards….

  15. By Steve Smothers on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Put God first and evevry thing else will fall in place.

  16. By Jim Bulmer on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    So many positive comments. This is good. RG3 will be back with another pro-bowl season. Only he won’t be wasting his time playing in the Pro-bowl.

  17. By Jason on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    How did Roethlisberger win 9 Rookie of the Year awards? I thought you could only be a rookie for one year. I’m excited to see what Griffin can do, and I hope that he can work on his comfort in the pocket as well.

  18. By Korcoran Smith on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    3 is the Key!! I’ve been saying this for over a year now! RGIII is a great talent, a great leader and a great young man! It is rare that a rookie can come to a team and become the leader so quickly! Everyone is inspired by RGIII. From the fans to the coaches to the players!! There is confidence in this city for the first real time since Gibbs’ first run! HAIL!!!!! Congrats to the R.O.Y. RGIII

  19. By Leonard Maxwell on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    RG3 thank you for a good year and get healthy play smart next year and run out of bounds and slide when you need to. We need you around for the next 10 years. I predicted a 10-6 season after we drafted you and the playoffs was a bonus. If you were a 100% I believed we would have made a superbowl run. My last prediction before the season staterd was that you will be rookie of the year. I belive that we will a superbowl while you are with the skins in the next 5 years or sonner. HTTR.

  20. By Jeff B on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    It would be so nice to SWEEP dallas again next season..Felt great shutting their mouths up this season!! I went to work the next day and you could hear the crickets churpin!! LOL!!! Can’t wait to get you back next season RG3!!!! Lets get ready to go Superbowl bound!

  21. By twillyhailskins on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    RGlll rules!!! mark my words next year RGlll will be the best QB in football. hes got a hall of fame career ahead of him. Skins Nation hit the jackpot landing RG

  22. By jmg111 on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Way to go RGIII. Take all the time you need to rehab. We were smart and took two QBs in the draft, so let’s put the ball in Kirk’s hands for a while if we need to. The guy is a winner with great skills, good feet and is a quick study. Hoping RGIII gets back in the game soon, but hoping Shanny also will get some monster OL to better protect this guy, along with putting in some schemes that will make use of RGIII’s ability, but that also protect him. Hoping we’re back in the playofffs against somebody other than Seattle for a change. A couple more ballhawks in the secondary to get us back the ball, and we’ll be in good shape. Go RGIII

  23. By al on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Take your time coming back, make sure you are completely heal. Because at the end of day the Redskins football team will go on with you or with out you. Most importantly you have to think about you and your family. # It’s a business

  24. By neal on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    rg3 thanks for the electrifying year this year skins nation is completely behind u i just wish it was my knee messed up and not urs!!! rg3 and morris will be a duo to be wreckoned with for years to come!! HTTR and HTRG3!!! and much love to alf morris

  25. By rufuscutis on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    i live in the middle of baltimore and D.C. (about 40 miles from both) i decided long ago to be a skins fan i’m 17 and surrounded by ravens fans you have no idea how great it was to see 31-28 on the scoreboard after that game i will always take pride in saying HTTR but after the success of last years season i can’t wait for 2013’s can’t wait to see your improvement throughout the offseason

  26. By Roy J Green on Feb 9, 2013 | Reply

    RG III had a super season and it would have been better with a better supporting cast. Let’s tell it like it is until they get some marquee names other than Trent on the offensive line they are going to be mediocre. Those clowns WM,KL,TP and Black have to get out of here, and I don’t want either of those bums in a substitute
    role. The kid coming out of Alabama Womack is already better than any of these turkey’s. Also, the tackle coming out of Oklahoma appears to be a beast and he has the complexion MShanahan prefers.

  27. By West side Skin on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    Let us fans remember. RGIII is not a running back. Not Gale Sayers, Not AP rushing for 2000+ yards after a torn ACL. RGIII is a QB with the ability to throw for 4000+ yards with the accuracy of Robin Hood. Possibly average 30 Td’s per year. Not many INT’s. The question will be: not when will he return: it will be, when he does return, can the line protect him, will his lateral motion be strong, will the line hold strong, will the receivers catch all the sweet passes, and last but not least will the defense be that top 10 beast. I think so. RGII needs receivers. III to Garcon sounds sweet. But Hank, Davis, Morgan need to do their part as well. I have been born and raised in The Bay Area and a Skins fan for 33 years. Since I was six. Every great QB has had great receivers. I watched and had to listen to Montana to Rice so many times, it makes me sick. And no one out here loved watching our cross town rivals beating the

  28. By West side Skin on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    cut off. Point being. Let Griff heal. He is young, a warrior, and a solid QB, not a running back. Hail Skins. And if they change the name I smell counter suit!!! Hail victory. And if need be, let us support the young and talented Cousins. I lived in Detroit for 9 years and am also a Michigan fan. And I watched him at state shred people. Wishing RGII a healthy and successful recovery. We can wait. Sincerely, West side Skin.

  29. By Donnie on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    You. Are a true warrior no doubt but please stop a running up field when you could get out of bounds my heart cant take too much. More of those plays and I am an old guy you are the best that has happened here in a long time so we have too keep you healthy you seem to be a genuine good hearted young man I do not know you but I really respect you and what you bring to the sport …. Keep it up hope rehab is doing well I have had ten surgeries on knees and back. So I know a little about your situation good luck buddy ………..

  30. By Lee on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    RG 3— thank you for bringing back the HTTR faith. Underneath your jersey #10—in my son’s bedroom we have “IN GOD WE TRUST!”—we know you will be back better than ever next year.

  31. By Kimmiw on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    I am from New England and I can’t tell you how great it was to see RG3 play. He was so exciting to watch. Anytime I could watch him I would and when he went down I had to hold my breath. I was praying for you. After seeing you get ROY which you so well deserved, I was so happy and know that you will be back better than ever. Get well soon, I can’t wait to watch you this season and take your team to the Super Bowl. I know that if you didn’t get hurt you would have one the Super Bowl. You can do it again. Come on Redskins and COME ON RG3 – get well soon. Show everyone that YOU ARE GREAT!!!! God bless you and work hard on you rehab, it won’t be football without you.

  32. By ALEXTHEGR8 on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    I grew up in the bay area just like Westside Skin. Everybody love the 49ers but I feel in love watching the Posse. Those were the days when we would average 30+ points a game. Even if we were losing in the first half we always were the come back kids.

    This years skins showed they could get it done no matter what injuries or suspended player poped up. I believe that we just need to beef up that O line to pass protect for RG3 or Cousins. If we had a good pass blocking team then RG3 would get the same running lanes that Kaepernick does on the 49ers. Kaepernick goes untoched and can just run for 20 yards and go out of bounds. RG3 has to run for his life and I have never seen anybody throw so accurate on the run. I think Kaepernick and Wilson are both great but RG3 is the only person that can do what he does. Let hope the RG3 comes of this injury in the similar style that the great MICHAEL JORDAN did in his sophomore season! I’m tired of the comparisons to RG3 as I can’t wait for him to show everybody that he is that much better than the others.

  33. By Brett on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    RGII, you need to get with Bryce Harper and learn how to slide better. You’re kind of all over the place when you run and you want to get down. It would help tremendously.

  34. By Al Clark on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    RG111, you are truly a remarkable young man. Keep God first in your life and everything else will fall in place. Thank you for making us true die hard Redskins fans for life in giving us an exciting 2012 football season. I look forward to next season and Redskins in the Super Bowl. God Bless you young man and “Happy Birthday”

  35. By will on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Truly a real gifted athlete……RG3…LETS GET IT DONE!!!!! “hit me up” #304-616-0648….”friendly chat”…..thxs!

  36. By will on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    oh yea ………happy birthday!!:-)

  37. By grant on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    i live in Canada and only watch the NFL i have been a redskin Fan all my life. When you came t the team i finally had something to talk about. Good Luck RG and keep making us Skin fans proud

  38. By rcjur on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you RG III for helping the Skins get back to who they really are and for being the best and most exciting player the NFL has seen in year’s! I wish you a speedy and successful recovery and a long tenure in the NFL. Go RG III and my team the Redskins!

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